Tyson Fury reveals Anthony Joshua was only fight to spark retirement U-turn as he 'owed fans moment of sporting history' | The Sun

TYSON FURY has revealed that the prospect of fighting Anthony Joshua helped to spark his boxing return.

The Gypsy King retired after knocking out Dillian Whyte in April this year.

Fury then made a U-turn on the decision and held discussions with Joshua to fight on December 3.

However, the talks broke down after Joshua failed to meet Fury's deadline to sign the contract.

Instead, Derek Chisora has been drafted in to complete a trilogy, with Fury emerging the victor of the previous two fights in 2011 and 2014.

But Fury is desperate to give fans a show, which he believes the "Battle of Britain" bout with AJ would achieve.


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Speaking in his autobiography, Gloves Off, Fury revealed: "The other fight I’ve been interested in is a showdown to stop the nation in its tracks.

"A match with Anthony Joshua would fall into this category, and in September 2022, I even offered to battle him in the UK with a 60-40 split in earnings.

"I wanted it to be a moment in sporting history, a fight for Britain.

"But so far we haven’t been able to make it happen.

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"Now I’m due to fight Derek Chisora on December 3 — having already beaten him twice."

Fury currently holds the WBC heavyweight title but could be in line for a chance to face Oleksandr Usyk – the holder of the WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF titles.

And should the pair fight one another then it would make for a never-seen-before fight with all four belts on the line for the first time in the four-belt era.

Meanwhile, Joshua is set to square up against Whyte early next year.

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